I know some people don't like it when Lost spends too much time off the island, but I groove on it.
Whether you liked tonight's episode or not, what do you think the implications were for the Lost universe? Does it depend on an interpretation of Desmond's sanity? Or did we learn some new rules and facts tonight?
In an attempt to further capitalize on its internet savvy audience ABC today announced the addition of more features to its Lost website, including newly edited video footage.
Starting today users on ABC.com will be able to access short videos focusing on the back stories of specific characters. The videos are created by editing together flashback scenes that have already aired on the hit show. The scenes, which take place off of the island on which the shows characters are stranded, had previously not been available outside of the episodes in which they appeared.
Videos uploaded today revolve around the characters Sawyer, Locke, Kate and Jack (Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox). ABC.com will add four new back story video to the site every Wednesday until the end of the season. There will be 60 total.
I'm positive I still don't understand what Desmond's ''secret'' tells us about how time works on the island. At first, the whole thing seemed a bit nonsensical. The white-haired woman pointed out the man in the red shoes to illustrate determinism he was going to die; the question was simply when and how. Yet she told Desmond that if he didn't find his way to the island and push that button every 108 minutes, "every one of us will be dead." So Desmond must have had the ability to not do these things: free will. Thanks to a quick Wikipedia refresher course on philosopher David Hume, however, it all makes sense. Kinda. Basically, Hume's theory of compatibilism posits that free will and determinism both exist, and that what we do with our lives is essentially the result of these two concepts butting against each other. In other words, things are going all Sophie's World on us: Desmond Hume is living one of David Hume's theories.